Alex Ovechkin is used to working with fellow skill players like Nicklas Backstrom and, in the past, Alexander Semin. But when the Washington Capitals step onto the ice Tuesday night at the Ottawa Senators, it's likely he'll again start on a line with grinders Jay Beagle and Joey Crabb.

After experimenting with Ovechkin playing alongside Backstrom and Troy Brouwer midway through Sunday's victory over the Buffalo Sabres, coach Adam Oates on Monday went back to the combinations used Friday night.

"I actually thought that they provided a lot of speed for [Ovechkin] and could maybe back the 'D' off," Oates said. "And to get back to balance. Obviously, during the course of a game you can change it back and go through combinations. But I liked our balance."

Ovechkin has a comfort level at left wing, but he doesn't have a goal at even strength this season. Still, Oates likes what he gets from the superstar when with Beagle and Crabb.